The Portuguese Coastal Way

Stage: A Guarda-Oia

  • Length 16.7 Km
  • Difficulty Low
  • Estimated Duration 2h 05min

The route follows the coastline to Oia, keeping the ocean on the left. This section is flat, with very little shade. The sea breeze lessens the intensity of the sun during the summer months.

A Guarda- Portecelo

  • Length 10.5 Km
  • Difficulty Medium-High
  • Estimated Duration 2h 05min

The coastal route enters Galicia at A Pasaxe (A Guarda), leaving Portugal behind at Caminha. A Guarda grew up along the lower slopes of the imposing Castro of Santa Tegra, a pre-Roman fortified settlement and the town’s main tourist attraction and point of historic interest. It is the most iconic and visited of Galicia’s Gallaeci–Roman settlements. It was declared a National Historical-Artistic Monument in 1931. Additionally, a number of the hill’s stones contain petroglyphs made some 2000 years before the castro was settled. Santa Trega was occupied continuously from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD.

From the top it is possible to enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the mouth of the Miño River. The estuary that makes up the final stretch of the largest of Galicia’s rivers is especially beautiful at low tide and sunset, with rushes, cormorants and birds of the Anatidae family dotting the marsh.